Three women who have previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today." Jessica Leeds, Samantha Holvey and Rachel Crooks on Monday told of alleged harassment by Trump spanning decades.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders addressed Al Franken's recent resignation over sexual harrasment allegations and the allegations against President Donald Trump on Sunday's "Meet the Press." Sanders said that he thinks Trump should consider resigning, given the amount of allegations and the precdent set by Franken.
"Al Franken felt it was proper for him to resign. Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women. He might want to think about doing the same thing," Sanders said.
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The White House called the claims false and “totally disputed in most cases.” It said “the timing and absurdity of these false claims speak volumes.” The White House has been forced to readdress the issue in the wake of the #MeToo movement and the many high profile firings and resignations of powerful men which have followed allegations of sexual assault or harassment.
One of the accusers, Rachel Crooks, called the White House statement “laughable.”
Crooks said of sexual misconduct: “I think politicians seem to be immune to this.”
Holvey described the pain the women felt after Trump’s victory. “We are private citizens and for us to put ourselves out there, to try to show America who this man is, and especially how he views women, for them to say, ‘Meh, we don’t care,’ it hurt.”
The women, who first shared their stories before the November 2016 election, were holding a press conference later Monday to call for a congressional investigation into Trump’s alleged behavior. They cited the recent revelations of sexual misconduct by prominent men in business, media, and politics, for their decision to speak out publicly against Trump once again.
“The environment’s different,” Holvey said. “Let’s try again.”